10 days in Mexico Itinerary

10 days in Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Queretaro City
Drive:  4​h
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h
2
Merida
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Chichen Itza
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
4
Valladolid
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Coba
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Tulum
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
7
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Tulum
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
9
Bacalar
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
11
Palenque
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: Mexico City


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1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City attractions planner .

Santiago de Queretaro to Mexico City is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will leave for Merida on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Mexico City

Tours Museums Nightlife

1
night
Merida

Merida
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Merida driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Merida takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in December, you will find days in Merida are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (24°C). You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 15th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Merida to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in December, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Valladolid.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

few
hours
Valladolid

Valladolid
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Valladolid online vacation planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Valladolid in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Coba.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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hours
Coba

Coba ©
On the 15th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Coba online route planner .

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Coba takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Coba

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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hours
Tulum

Tulum
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tulum online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Coba to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Coba in December, with highs in Tulum at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You've now added Xcaret Park to your itinerary. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cenote Chikin Ha.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun
Chikin Ha ©
Chikin Ha
Xcaret ©
Xcaret

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nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tulum Beach as well as Tulum Archaeological Site. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tulum Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Tulum Beach ©
Tulum Beach

1
day
Bacalar

Bacalar
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cenote Azul. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Azul.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bacalar online trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in December: highs in Bacalar hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
You've now added Calakmul Archaeological Zone to your itinerary.

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Getting from Bacalar to Calakmul by car takes about 4 hours. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
Highlights from your plan
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

1
night
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Palenque tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Calakmul to Palenque in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Calakmul to Palenque. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Palenque

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

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